CamSur Politics: From the partitioning of the province to the factionalism of families

One of the most revered Chinese general is Sun Tzu whose “Art of War” has found its way in political and even in business management textbooks. But Sun Tzu’s classics will definitely become out of touch when one talks of electoral warfare in the Province of Camarines Sur – the province where politics divide not only political boundaries but also families.

Earlier, House Bill (HB) No. 4820 that sought to divide Camarines Sur into two was passed and almost became a law had it not for the objection and vigilance of 5th District Congressman Sal Fortuno, Governor  L-Ray Villafuerte and members of civil society. Because the proponents led by 4th District Congressman Noli Fuentebella and 3rd District Congressman Luis Villafuerte made some miscalculations in the timing and acceptability of the measure, the bill was overtaken by time and was shelved in Congress.

Ngonian, buhay na naman ang barangaan asin nabukag talaga an Camarines Sur sa pagralaban kan mga magkakapamilya.  L-Ray “Migs” Villafuerte Jr., (Nacionalista Party, NP) competed against his grandfather, Luis Villafuerte (Nationalist People’s Coalition, NPC)  , for the gubernatorial seat while Ganggang Alfelor (Liberal Party, LP) run against Emmanuel “Nonokoy” Alfelor Jr.,(NPC)  in the mayoralty seat of Iriga City. Contrary to expectations, however, third party candidates did not benefit from the intra-family or intra-clan feud. Jose Villanueva Jr., only got 17.91% of the mayoralty vote while Ganggang and Nonokoy got 50.32% and 31.12%, respectively. Likewise, Joel Cadiz (LP) who was expected to become the dark horse of the gubernatorial race remained an underdog after generating only 23.30% of the total votes cast as against Migz who gained 42.54%, and Luis, who came out with only 33.06%.

In the vice gubernatorial race, Ato de la Peña (NP) came out with almost a two-thirds of the total votes cast. Peña is the running mate of Migz.

In the Congressional races, incumbents Rolando Andaya Jr. (Lakas; 1st Dist.), Datu Arroyo (Lakas; 2nd Dist.) and Sal Fortuno (LP; 5th Dist.) were re-elected. Newcomer Leni Robredo (LP; 3rd Dist.), the wife of former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo also her race. As of press time, results are still being tallied for the 4th District. Initially, Commission on Elections (Comelec) show actor Aga Muhlach (LP) leads the race with around 2,500 votes, quick count tallies show that it is Wimpy Fuentebella (NPC) who is winning by around 2,500 votes.

The results for the 2013 Congressional and provincial elections based on the Comelec as of May 17 are as follows:

House of Representatives – First District

ANDAYA, ROLANDO JR. (LAKAS)

53,986

DE LOS REYES, NESTOR (NP)

5,681

 

House of Representatives – Second District

ARROYO, DATO (LAKAS)

57,106

VILLAFUERTE, LRAY (NP)

49,346

MABULO, ABANG (LP)

6,380

 

House of Representatives – Third District

ROBREDO, LENI (LP)

123,843

VILLAFUERTE, NELLY (NPC)

35,160

FAUSTO, CHARINA

2,296

ARCILLA, OSCAR JR. (PDP)

640

 

House of Representatives – Fourth District

MUHLACH, AGA (LP)

55,091

FUENTEBELLA, WIMPY (NPC)

52,577

 

House of Representatives – Fifth District

FORTUNO, SAL (LP)

75,178

ALFELOR, FELIX JR. (NPC)

42,295

CORTEZ, REZ (UNA)

13,474

 

Governor

VILLAFUERTE, LRAY JR-MIGZ (NP)

209,547

VILLAFUERTE, LUIS (NPC)

162,812

CADIZ, JOEL (LP)

114,772

PELO, JOEL (KBL)

3,761

ILIW ILIW, YAM

1,640

Vice Governor

PEÑA, ATO (NP)

259,674

BASMAYOR, GIL (NPC)

151,686

MORANO, MANNY

9,750

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